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  • Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

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A Semester in Sweden: Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

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Program Features

SwedenWhy Sweden?

The ISU exchange agreement with KTH allows ISU students to spend a semester or a year at KTH, and a student from KTH can do the same at ISU. Students pay ISU tuition (financial aid and scholarships still apply) and receive tuition credit at KTH. Room and board fees are paid independently. KTH rents furnished rooms to international students in areas of the city with high student populations. Students generally will have their own room and bathroom and will share a kitchen with others.

KTH is located in northern Stockholm, just 3 subway stops from the city center. It has over 12,000 undergraduate students, 1,500 graduate students, and is the largest technological institution in Sweden. It has research and educational exchange partnerships with many universities in Europe, the USA, Australia, and Asia. KTH has over 1,000 international exchange students.




Stockholm is known as the "Venice of the North", situated on 14 islands and surrounded by Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. Stockholm has a population of around 1.5 million, and most are fluent in English.

Stockholm has something for everyone. You can find medieval buildings in Gamla Stan (literally, "Old Town") or make the short walk to another island and find yourself in the middle of modern downtown Stockholm. On the island of Södermalm you can find trendy boutiques and a busy entertainment and nightlife scene. On the island of Djurgården there are three of the most popular museums in Sweden as well as beautiful landscapes and places to walk or have a picnic. All of these places are centrally located, and most housing options do not place you more than 40 minutes away from the city center.

In the warmer months you can take a ferry and spend the day on one of the 24,000 islands that make up the archipelago just outside of Stockholm. When it's colder, Nordic skiing and Swedish saunas are popular. In the summer, temperatures get up to about 80F and daylight can last as long as 18-20 hours. In the winter, temperatures dip just below freezing and daylight lasts as little as 7-8 hours.

It is very easy to find affordable transportation outside of Stockholm. Ferries to Finland and the
Baltic States are cheap and fun. Inexpensive flights can also be found out of Stockholm to all
parts of Europe.



SwedenWhat courses?

The academic year is divided into quarters, with 2 quarters during ISU's fall semester (late August to December) and two quarters during ISU's spring semester (mid-January to early June). An intensive Swedish language course is available before classes start in the fall, which is highly recommended for exchange students. Swedish language courses are also available during the semester. KTH has many courses taught in English (see link).

Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Applied Physics, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chemistry, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Energy Technology, Fiber and Polymer Technology, Industrial Economics and Management, Land and Water Resources, Engineering, Machine Design, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanics, Philosophy
and the History of Technology, Physics, Production, Engineering, Real Estate and Construction Management, School of Architecture, Solid Mechanics, Theoretical Physics, Transport and Economics, and Urban Studies


Cost and Scholarships

SwedenHow much?

Scholarships are available here.



SwedenWhere will I live?



Dates and Contacts


KTH exchange is a semester-long program, available for both Fall and Spring semesters, as well as the Academic Year.

If interested, please contact study abroad staff in Design:

Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock,

How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Residence Permit
Students will be given information about how to apply for a residence permit.  The process changes somewhat regularly, but this website will have the most up to date information.

KTH Website (English)
KTH Handbook for Exchange Students
Information for Exchange Students
General Course Information (inc those taught in English)
Living in Sweden
Exchange_studies at KTH.pdf
Course Catalog


This program is currently not accepting applications.